Quick Links for Parents:

Important Dates:

  • June 18 – 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, MPR – 9:30 a.m.
  • June 25 – IVE Field Day
  • June 27 – Last Day of School, Dismissal – 11:45 a.m., no lunch will be served

Parent Reminder Regarding Student Drop Off
A friendly reminder to parents: Please do not drop your children off to school before 9:00 AM.  There is no one to supervise students before 9:00 AM outside and students are unable to wait in the office.  This does not apply to students enrolled in Cougar Club before-school care. Thank you!


Bus Passes
The last day that bus passes will be issued is June 13th.


Life Threatening Health Plans
Life threatening health plans were emailed on Monday 6/3 with ALL of the information and Forms pertaining to the requirements.  If you have a child with a condition such as life-threatening allergies requiring an Epipen, Asthma, Diabetes, seizures, or anything deemed life-threatening, please check your email/junk mail and let the nurse know if you did not receive an email.  Please see below (News from the Nurse) for more detailed information.


Early Literacy Parties in Spanish at the Issaquah Library
Series of eight free different workshops in Spanish for families to learn about Early Literacy and school readiness. Families with children newborn to age 5 welcome. Childcare is not available. Registration not required, but space is limited. For more information: 425.369.3443.

Fiestas de alfabetización temprana en español
Series de ocho talleres diferentes y gratuitos en español para que las familias aprendan sobre Alfabetización temprana y preparación para la escuela. Familias con niños 0-5 bienvenidos. No ofrecemos guardería. No necesita registrarse pero el cupo es limitado. Para más información: 425.369.3443.


Dress Code
Warm weather is coming, so please keep in mind our dress code: Clothing should be neat, clean and presentable. Clothing that is disruptive to the educational process or presents health or safety problems will not be permitted.  Headwear is acceptable indoors for health or religious reasons. Hoodies must be down inside the building. Parents/guardians will be contacted if it is felt that their child’s dress is inappropriate.

The following items are not allowed:

  • Clothing with obscene or questionable pictures or words
  • Short-shorts and skirts (fingertip length with hands on the side)
  • Halter, midriff, or tube tops
  • Flip flops or other unsafe footwear
  • All undergarments need to be covered

Are you moving this summer?
If your student(s) will not be attending Issaquah Valley next year, please let the office know as soon as possible. Also, please be sure to update the office if you have moved or changed your contact information so we have the correct information on file.


Year-end absences
The last day of school is June 27th, due to making up 6 snow days!  Many families expected our last day to be June 19th, and have already made plans.  If your student will not be attending class at the end of the school year for 3+ days, please fill out a prearranged absence form and return it to the Issaquah Valley Office as soon as possible.


IVE Site Council Seeking Applications
We are seeking one Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5) parent representative and one Community Representative to join the Issaquah Valley Site Council. This is a two-year commitment. We meet about 4 times a year, in the evening for about an hour. If you are interested or would like more information, please email Michelle Pickard at pickardm@issaquah.wednet.edu


2019 Plan for Exceptional Placement Testing**CORRECTION**

 Logistics

This year we will be offering two testing dates with an third to be added if there is a need.

Wednesday, June 19               4:00 pm – 6:00 pm                  IMS library

Wednesday, June 26               2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  IMS library

Communication

  1. We’ve created a google doc to use to sign up for testing, the link is in the communication below and is linked here link
  2. We’ll provide the testing results and a way to communicate to families the scores (student list and scores, letter)
  3. Communicate testing information to 5th grade students and families-below is a sample communication schools to include in their e-news, the district website has also been updated
  4. Middle schools will still have access to the exceptional placement test in order to test new students and for other placement purposes.

Exceptional Placement Math Test for Incoming 6th grade students
Exceptional Placement provides an additional acceleration option for students who are ready to skip CC 7/8 and begin middle school in CC 8/Algebra 1. Interested students must demonstrate sufficient mastery of CC 7/8 concepts and skills on a district-administered assessment. The exceptional placement assessment will be offered to interested students on Wednesday, June 19 from 4:00-6:00 OR Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00-4:00 at the Issaquah Middle School Library.

*Since CC6 math is taught in the 5th grade MERLIN program, 5th grade MERLIN students will take the CC 7/8 Math Mastery Assessment test in their classrooms each spring.

To register to take the Exceptional Placement assessment please complete the sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMtYzRkyNU2rTip-OQT4xEdrGsdTgwYledJk2_p3322xSa0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link by June 7.

Once a student has qualified for Exceptional Placement, parents make the final determination of whether or not to accept that placement. Further information will be provided to families of students who qualify for Exceptional Placement to help inform this decision. More information can be found at http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/core/math/middle/mathEP or you may contact Susan Ford at fords@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-7051


Counseling Corner – Anne Taylor, IVE School Counselor 
Summertime fun to curb boredom!
I'm bored

Create a healthy “play-diet” for your child this summer! Click here!

Books to continue building important SEL skills over the summer!

 Sumer lunch
Select the link to learn about the program and register! https://issaquahfoodbank.org/


News from the Nurse
Health Plans for the 2019-2020 school year are DUE by August 19th
Please have the completed forms and any medications or equipment brought to the school your child will be attending in the fall as soon as possible after August 7th and NO LATER THAN AUGUST 19TH.  Some time is needed to complete the nursing care plan and train/distribute to staff members who must be aware of your child’s health plan.

Children with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting allergies, severe food allergies, EpiPen prescriptions, severe asthma, diabetes, severe seizures or other serious illnesses, that may require medical services at school, are required to have a medication or a treatment order and a care plan in place before starting school.  A life-threatening condition is defined as a health condition that will put a child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and nursing plan are not in place.

We want our school to be a safe and healthy place for your child to attend.  State Law mandates that we must be prepared to handle an emergency that could arise on the first day of school.  Thank you in advance for your help in this matter and adherence to this deadline.

Attention Fifth Grade Parents: Immunization requirement for entering 6th grade

Tdap (given after 11th birthday)

Students entering sixth grade are required to have the Tdap vaccination if they are 11 years old. Tdap vaccine protects adolescents against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. It is recommended for all children 11 years and older. This vaccine replaces one tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster.

Your child’s middle school must have documentation of this immunization before the first day of school. A health check-up that includes vaccinations is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age. Schedule your child’s check-up appointment at least one month before school starts to make sure they get the Tdap vaccination required for school. A sports physical form is needed for participation in middle school sports.  Please check with the middle school your child will be attending for this sports physical form.

In March, notification letters were mailed to parents of fifth grade students who need the above immunization.  If your child turns 11 years old before the end of this school year, please return the letter to your elementary school office with the updated information as soon as it is available during the current school year.  The Tdap can be given after your child’s 11th birthday.

STUDENT MEDICATION PICK UP

Orders for the administration of medication at school are good for one academic year only.  In addition, medications at school are not carried over to the next year and need to be returned to the parent.

To avoid accidents, we do not allow students to hand carry their medication home, but request the parent pick up the remaining medication at the school office, beginning June 27, at 11:00 am, until 3:00pm. If your student attends Cougar Club, we are happy to transfer medications to them at the end of the school day, for you to pick up there.  If medications have not been picked up by this date and time, they will be destroyed.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if your student needs medications in elementary school: **if your student has a Life-threatening Health Plan there are a few more steps!

  • A new, physician signed, Authorization of Medication Administration form must be received each year for BOTH prescription, and over-the-counter medications.
  • Parents are required to drop off and pick up all medications.
  • Schedule your student’s appointment now. Doctor’s offices book up at the end of summer with a rush on immunizations, school physicals and medication orders.

News from IVE PTA

School Supply Packs

As a convenience for our families and staff, PTA is offering school supply pack ordering for the 2019-2020 school year. Ordering opens April 15th and closes June 21st. Order today and get this checked off your summer to-do list! Go to www.schooltoolbox.com and click “find boxes now” then choose your child's grade level for NEXT school year. Lists are compiled by our teachers and include name brands, great pricing, and convenience. All items will be shipped to IVE and be ready for your child when they arrive in the Fall. Each School Tool Box purchased provides a meal to a child through Feed My Starving Children.  If you have any questions about ordering please contact president@ivepta.org


News from the District

An Important Message Regarding Washington State Law and the MMR Vaccine – No Exemptions Effective July 28, 2019
Please be aware that there has been an important change in Washington State Law regarding vaccinations.

The personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination is no longer available to families effective July 28, 2019. The law applies to all public and private schools and licensed child care facilities in Washington State.

The District must have documentation of MMR immunization from a health care provider on or before the first day of school on September 4, 2019 as a condition of enrollment - even if the student has had an exemption in the past.

Two doses of MMR are required for all students in grades K-12. The two doses must be given at least 28 days apart. When your child has a first MMR vaccination, please let your school nurse know the date it occurred as well as the date the second dose is administered. We are notifying families now to allow sufficient time to meet the new immunization requirement before the first day of school.

More information can be found at the WA Department of Health exemption law change web page, including FAQs: www.doh.wa.gov/mmrexemption. You are also welcome and encouraged to contact your school nurse if you have questions.

Water Recreation Safety Letter from King County
King County has issued an important water-recreation safety message in anticipation of the wonderful warm weather coming our way. Please be cautious as you enjoy boating, swimming, and enjoying our lakes, rivers, and community pools. The letter, which can be found on our website in English and Spanish by clicking the above headline, includes important safety tips such as information on sources of life jackets.

Family Access Unavailable July 9-15, 2019
Family access will be unavailable July 9, 2019 to July 15, 2019 for maintenance, after which only test scores and report cards will be available to families over the summer. The Family Access webpage is also updated with these maintenance dates.

New Issue of Cultural Bridges Magazine available!
Check out the latest Cultural Bridges magazine and read about middle school rumors, identity frames, and Muslim faith and hijabs. Available in 6 languages! Click HERE to read the April-June 2019 Edition of Cultural Bridges Magazine.

Bus Drivers Needed – We’re Hiring!
Schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $25.38/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or apply online by clicking here. Classes will be starting soon.


News from Issaquah Schools Foundation

Tools4School
Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.  You can help provide the backpacks and supplies by donating online here.  If you, or someone you know needs help with school supplies, participants can register here.

Anonymous